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Accountant

Chartered Professional Accountants provide financial reporting and consulting services for organizations and individuals.

As of July 1, 2015 Alberta's 3 regulated accounting designations, Chartered Accountants, Certified General Accountants and Certified Management Accountants, have been merged into a single designation, Chartered Professional Accountant.

Contact

CPA Alberta
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-232-9406
Email: info@cpaalberta.ca
Website: www.cpaalberta.ca

Calgary Office
800 – 444 7 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0X8
Canada

Call: 403-299-1300
Fax: 403-299-1339

Edmonton Office
1900 TD Tower, 10088 – 102 Ave
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2Z1

Call: 780-424-7391
Fax: 780-425-8766

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Chartered Professional Accountants Act [pdf] and Chartered Professional Accountants Regulation [pdf], Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) is a protected title. Therefore, to call yourself a Chartered Professional Accountant, you must register as a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants Alberta (CPA Alberta). You do not have to register with CPA Alberta if you do not call yourself a Chartered Professional Accountant. However, you must be registered to provide professional accounting services, such as audits or review engagements.

All CPAs who are members in good standing with CPA Alberta and were registered as a Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified General Accountant (CGA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) can continue to use their previous designations.

What You Need

Registration requires:

  1. A bachelor’s degree (in any discipline) with specific subject area coverage
  2. Successful completion of the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP), which includes online facilitated-learning modules and interactive group-learning sessions
  3. Successful completion of relevant practical work experience
  4. Successful completion of the Common Final Examination (CFE)

For official, detailed information about registration requirements, visit the Chartered Professional Accountants Western School of Business (CPAWSB) website.

For more information about transferring from CGA, CA and CMA into CPA PEP, or about becoming a CPA, visit the CPA Alberta website.

Working in Alberta

Chartered Professional Accountants who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if CPAs in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the CPA Alberta website.

To learn about certification for internationally educated accountants, see Chartered Professional Accountant Certification Process.

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